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Ben Stokes 'spiteful and angry to bouncer before nightclub fight'

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Ben Stokes arrives at Bristol Crown Court for the second day of his trial
England cricketer Ben Stokes was "spiteful and angry" towards a bouncer before he was involved in a fight with two men, a court has heard.The Durham all-rounder is one of three men accused of fighting in Bristol on 25 September.Bristol Crown Court previously heard Ryan Ali, 28, and Ryan Hale, 27, were knocked unconscious by 27-year-old Mr Stokes.They also deny affray and are on trial alongside the cricketer.Giving evidence, bouncer Andrew Cunningham said Mr Stokes became abusive after he was refused entry back into Mbargo nightclub just after 02:00 BST.
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Mr Stokes and his team-mate Alex Hales had left the nightclub at 00:46 but returned at 02:08.Mr Cunningham said he explained to them the club was closed and they would not be allowed to enter.He told the jury Mr Stokes offered him[/img]
CCTV footage played in court appears to show Mr Stokes flicking a V-sign at Mr Cunningham. However, his barrister Gordon Cole QC said it was not accepted that Mr Stokes had made the gesture.
Ben Stokes, Ryan Hale and Ryan Ali all deny affray
The CCTV also shows two men, William O'Connor and Kai Barry, leaving the club in the Clifton Triangle area of the city and the pair engaging in conversation with Mr Stokes and Mr Hales.Prosecutors say Mr Stokes mocked the two "openly gay" men outside the venue. However, Mr Cole said Mr Barry and Mr O'Connor, who had both been inside the club, had been "taking the mickey" out of his client's shoes.Referring to the CCTV, Det Con Adams of Avon and Somerset Police told jurors: "Mr Stokes appears to mimic the actions of William O'Connor."Mr Stokes has just flicked something which we believe was a cigarette butt at William O'Connor."
The fight took place after Mr Stokes was turned away from Mbargo nightclub, the court heard
Mr Stokes, of Castle Eden, Durham, was arrested in the early hours along with Mr Ali, of Bristol, and Mr Hale, of Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol.The fight took place several hours after England had played a one-day international against West Indies at the city's County Ground.The trial continues.
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